The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 2nd, 2014
Conversations about what we need to know
about higher education, both to rate college and university performance
and to provide information to prospective students and their parents,
leave one word largely unspoken: faculty.
A recent report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy, "Mapping the Postsecondary Data Domain,"
mentions faculty members only once—as users, not as subjects of data.
And the report is only the latest in an effusion of discussions of
higher-education data needs. The same neglect occurred at a daylong Department of Education symposium
on the subject in February. While pondering what we need to know to
improve and reform higher education, students, administrators, and
researchers were mentioned repeatedly, but the faculty members who teach
those students received only rare and fleeting attention.